Welcome back to Collective Bookmarks. This week’s newsletter is a 6 minute read, or about the time it took to eat an entire apple pie while celebrating the fourth of July.

This week we’re bringing you a roundup of stories you may have missed from the world of workplace and our writers at Collective Thoughts. We appreciate your readership and that you care about the world of workplace. We hope you took the long weekend to NOT think about workplace and to reset and rest. Now that you’re back, lets dive in.

In This Week’s Issue:

Events We’re Attending: WE’s Weekly “Moshpit”
Books We’re Reading: The Lean Startup


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Four Things You Should Know

From The World of Work and Place

1.RTO Conversations Must Go Beyond Answering, “How Many Days in the Office?”

Evelyn Lee‘s first Collective Thoughts article articulates the importance of fostering ongoing discussions that transcend the simplistic question of “how many days in the office” within Return to Office strategies. She emphasizes the need for companies to holistically consider the entire workplace ecosystem, embrace new tools, gain a profound understanding of their employees’ desires, and thoughtfully design their physical workspaces accordingly.

2. Product Roundup: Decoding the Future of Workplace Experience

In our first product roundup article, we discuss the Workplace Experience digital tool category. Stephanie Trovato outlines what Workplace Experience Solutions are, the functionalities, and benefits they have to teams.

We also take a deep dive into five solutions in the market; AVUITYCaféKadenceEquiemHqO to help reduce your navigation time in the vast sea of digital tools.

3. The Real World of Change Leaders

Change is an inevitable part of every workplace. From embracing new strategies to undergoing transformative journeys with leadership, values, and objectives. It’s all about adapting and thriving.

Cristina Herrera’s first Collective Thoughts article takes us on an exploration of the change leaders, facilitators, practitioners, and consultants who play an indispensable role in supporting organizations during their transformative initiatives.

4. The Doom Loop Hammering Middle America

As reported in Business Insider midwestern cities in the US are struggling to attract residents, workers, and visitors to their downtown areas. The lack of appealing amenities and quality of life is a major issue. Economists and urban planners suggest that these cities need to prioritize people over businesses, focusing on improving services and creating attractive environments. Neglecting these aspects has resulted in downtowns dominated by office spaces and lacking in community amenities. Revitalizing downtown areas requires investing in housing, services, and amenities, as well as considering alternative uses for existing infrastructure. By doing so, these cities can hope to reverse their decline and become vibrant destinations.

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Together with

HqO, ranked No. 75 on the Inc. 5000 list, is transforming how people connect with each other and the places they work. The HqO Workplace Experience Platform and App makes it easy for companies and commercial property teams to create modern workplaces through world-class amenities and services that allow people to thrive and produce the best results. Active in over 250 million square feet in 25 countries, 57% of the Fortune 100 rely on HqO to enhance their workplace experiences, improve employee satisfaction, and drive operational excellence.

One Big Thing

“If it truly is for innovation, how are you measuring innovation, and how is the office designed and programmed in a way to support people being more innovative in the office than they could be working anywhere else?” – Evelyn Lee

That’s It For This Week

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Until next time – Omar and Kayla